​CAFLink Single Point of Entry

CAFLink is the Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Service 'single point of entry function' which streamlines access to mental health services in Canterbury for children, adolescents and their families. 

All outpatient referrals to the service are centrally received at CAFLink.  This includes referrals to the CAF North and CAF South Community and Outreach Teams.

As well as providing an easily identifiable point of entry to services, CAFLink ensures better quality and more consistent information to referrers, young people and their families.  Referrals are centrally processed and this includes screening, referral to community agencies and triage into the service.

 Access to other services

  • For learning disability assessments, contact Paediatrics for under 5 year olds and RTLB Special Education for children aged 5 and over.

  • For a mild to moderate mental health issue, please contact Community Youth mental health service at (03) 2817616 cymhservice@xtra.co.nz or  other agencies at www.Healthinfo.org.nz

  • If you are a GP, Health pathways is available at healthpathways.org.nz

Access to SMHS outpatient services

Child & Adolescent Mental Health outpatient services (CAF North and CAF South Community and Outreach Teams are available for

  • child/youth between 0-17 years, or 18 or 19 years and still at secondary school

  • he/she has a suspected or confirmed moderate to severe psychiatric disorder

  • he/she lives within Canterbury DHB region

The health professional or community agency should complete this referral form CAFlink-Referral.pdf.  Word format form: CAFlink-Referral.rtf

Referrers querying ADHD need to complete a SNAP-IV questionnaire and send along with the referral.

GP’s please follow the Health Pathways for ADHD referrals.

CAFLink location

Beside Heathcote Building, The Princess Margaret Hospital

Contact information

Freephone: 0800 218 219 Option 1

Telephone: (03) 337 7758

Fax: (03) 337 7822

Email: caflink@cdhb.health.nz  

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Page last reviewed: 12 April 2018